Carmel Valley could eventually have more affordable housing options.
The Carmel Valley Community Planning Board heard plans June 26 to redesign a previously approved residential project on the nearly 3.5-acre site off Village Center Loop Road in Pacific Highlands Ranch. While the plans have not yet been submitted to the city, developers wanted to begin working with the planning board early in the process.
Del Mar Union School District (DMUSD) Superintendent Holly McClurg, as well as board president Doug Rafner, expressed concerns at the school board’s June 25 meeting about a proposed new state bill that targets school district reserves. California Governor Jerry Brown’s budget trailer bill includes a 6 percent cap on school district reserves when the state begins to put money away in its “Rainy Day Fund” in 2015-16. The proposal will go before voters on the November 2014 ballot, seeking to create local budget transparency and “smooth school spending.”
The Torrey Hills Community Planning Board opted not to support a proposal from the Torrey Hills Homeowners Association for a bike lane extension on West Ocean Air Drive from Via Mar De Delfinas to Via Congrejo. The stretch is the only two-block section of West Ocean Air without a bike lane and it is frequently used for overflow parking for the hotels and construction vehicles — about 35 residents signed a petition stating that the current situation is unsafe for pedestrians and cyclists. The HOA representatives were also asking for permit parking.
Board members said while they recognized that the street was narrow and curved, the cars are legally parked and they were unconvinced that the problem wouldn’t simply move to another neighborhood street once the bike lane was painted. Torrey Hills Planning Board Chair Kathryn Burton said they were also against permit parking as it would be unfair to the rest of the community.
The San Dieguito Union High School District Board of Trustees and Superintendent Rick Schmitt recently announced that Adam Camacho has been selected as the principal of Earl Warren Middle School. Camacho will replace Mary Anne Nuskin, who was named principal of the new middle school in Pacific Highlands Ranch, which opens in the fall of 2015.
The Del Mar Union School District has named Mike Galis as the Director of Maintenance, Operations, and Facilities. Prior to accepting the position in DMUSD, he has been the Director of Facilities in Maine Township High School District 207, which is located in a suburb in the Chicago area. Galis will begin his position in the Del Mar school district on July 7.
Also joining the Del Mar Union School District leadership team is assistant principal, Abby Farricker. Farricker is currently a fifth grade teacher at Del Mar Hills Academy, and prior to coming to the Del Mar school district taught in the Boston Public School District. Farricker will be assigned to Ocean Air School and Sage Canyon School beginning August, 2014.
Some Torrey Hills Homeowners Association members came before the Torrey Hills Community Planning Board on June 17 to request their support in getting new city regulations adopted regarding home daycares. They said they are requesting the changes as there are safety concerns surrounding the close proximity of nearly 10 daycares in the Torrey Hills community, including three within a mile of each other.
SDG&E will construct and operate a new 230 kilovolt (kV) line between the existing Penasquitos substation near the Torrey Hills’ Vons on Carmel Mountain Road and the Sycamore Canyon substation at MCAS Miramar.
The project is an effort to increase the efficiency and supply of renewable generated power to the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) grid; to help accomplish that, CAISO has identified a need for a new transmission line to connect the two substations.
The Del Mar Rotary Club received an update on Caltrans’ North Coast Corridor Program at its June 19 meeting — $6.5 billion worth of transportation improvement work that will be phased out over the next 40 years.
According to Arturo Jacobo, Caltrans project manager, Caltrans and SANDAG (San Diego Association of Governments) have created a comprehensive strategy for the corridor that includes highway improvements that move people not just cars, rail and transit improvements, coastal access improvements, and the protection of 170 acres of coastal and lagoon habitats.
Ocean Air Apartment Homes, new for-lease luxury apartment townhomes on West Ocean Air Drive, will begin pre-leasing next month with the first residents moving in by October.
Representatives from the developers MBK Homes gathered on the site recently for a hard hat tour of the construction rumbling on the ocean view site; the future home of 100 three-story townhomes and flats next door to the new Torrey Gardens apartment community (Torrey Gardens is set for its first occupants next month).
An 11-year prison term was handed down June 20 for a motorist who was drunk when he killed a marine biologist in a hit-and-run collision in Del Mar several months ago.
Christopher “Chip’’ Stockmeyer, 41, pleaded guilty in April to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and hit-and-run for causing the March 28 death of Rachel Morrison.